March 17 2011

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

March 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

The optimism dept. The longer I live here, the happier I am with this country. We have citizens from all over the world, churches too numerous to count, and the Irish don’t shoot the Poles and the Methodists don’t blow up the Baptists. I don’t agree with every decision of the governor, Congress or the Supreme Court, but our system works. We are pleased that the Egyptians are getting democracy on their own. We wish it could be universal. However, America can’t afford to force it on every despot in the world. The Middle East, Africa and parts of South America still need reform for the good of their people. I hope we’ll let them do it on their own. And, continuing to look on the bright side… spring is near!               Medical dept. Things you don’t want to hear during surgery: • Better save that. We’ll need it for the autopsy. • Somebody call the janitor—we’re going to need a mop. • Spot! Spot! Come back with that! Bad dog! • Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what’s that? • Hand me that… uh… that… uh… thingie. • Oh no! I just lost my Rolex. • Darn, there go the lights again. • You know, there’s big money in kidneys. Heck, the guy’s got two of them…” • Could you stop that thing from beating? It’s throwing off my concentration. • What do you mean he wasn’t in for a sex change?! • Anyone see where I left that scalpel? Mars and Venus dept. • He said: How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper? She said: We don’t know; it has never happened. • He said: What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night? She said: A widow. • He said: Why are married women heavier than single women? She said: Single women come home, see what’s in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what’s in bed and go to the fridge. • She said: Why is it difficult to find men who are sensitive, caring and good-looking? He said: They already have boyfriends. Green beer dept. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Penalized for starting a business? One of the trickier decisions that must be made by those who are in business is deciding how much to spend on marketing. Once the dollar amount is calculated, then comes the even more difficult decision of where exactly to spend those dollars. Print media, such as advertisements in newspapers like The Rockford Squire and The Cedar Springs Post, must get an allotment of dollars. Internet-based marketing, such as maintaining a website, is certainly worthy of a fair amount of the dollars. In today’s marketing environment, yellow pages advertising, including both print and Internet-based search engines, deserve coverage. In addition, there are other opportunities that come up from time to time that demand participation and the outlay of some of those budgeted dollars. One of those opportunities happens this Saturday. The seventh annual Rockford Community Expo will take place at the Rockford High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Expo is a great example of the spirit of cooperation that exists between the Rockford schools, the Chamber of Commerce, and at least 180 area businesses and organizations willing to spend some of their marketing money. No selling takes place on Saturday, just marketing. If everything works out weather-wise, up to 10,000 people will attend the Expo. How much is it worth to have 10,000 people walk past your booth and match up a face with your business name? To me and Action Tax Service, that’s worth every cent of my entry fee. See you on Saturday. Stop in and say hi to us at booth 64. Action Tax Service has been in business for over 20 years. In each of those years, I have talked to many people who are contemplating starting a business. Some of the things we talk about are how much money it will take to get the business started and running; what are the options to raise that start-up money; how to put a budget together; and determining what type of entity the business should take. One of the most important items is the last one: the entity options that are available to the start-up business. If there is just one person starting the business, there are four options available. The entity can be […]


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Saturday, March 19 Olivia the Pig Party—10 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Come celebrate our favorite fictional pig Olivia through stories, games and sparkly crafts! For more information, call (616) 784-2016 ext. 2159 or visit Annual Church Garage Sale—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, to support the youth ministries’ summer mission trips to the inner cities of Chicago and Pittsburgh. For more information, call Deb Coon at (616) 866-4829. Sunday, March 20 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 13 Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children. “The best dinner in town” is prepared by Chef Fred Chambers. For more information, visit Tuesday, March 22 Discipline for Young Children—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Receive a variety of developmentally appropriate discipline strategies from Jill Urbane. One hour of professional development for child care providers is offered. Adults only. Registration is required; participation limited. Sponsored by Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. For more information, call (616) 784-2016 ext. 2159 or visit Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple St. Open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Sarah Eddy will present “Chickens 101: Raising Backyard Chickens.” Learn about the many rewards of keeping your own chickens. A list of hatcheries, books and other resources will be available. For more information, call Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thursday, March 24 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Bunco Party Fundraiser—6 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr., Rockford, held by the Order of the Eastern Stars. Cost is $10 per person with proceeds to benefit North Kent Community Services’ Easter program. For more information, contact Patty at (616) 340-6012 or Dixie at (616) 437-7445. Saturday, March […]

A Message for You

March 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Can’t See… by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church Vision is something we take for granted. I’m reminded when I go to the eye doctor and they put those drops in that make things all fuzzy for a couple hours. I think they are secretly testing me for when I’m older. Another time, I was trimming some tree branches with a chainsaw and one snapped back and whacked me in the face. It hit me so hard I saw stars, like a cartoon character. But the vision returned and I was left only with a bloody lip and a bruised ego for being so careless. A moment I’ll never forget was when I was 10 years old and the bat boy for an amateur baseball team. I was setting up the bats, helmets, getting the pine tar rags all folded and ready for the game. The pitcher was warming up too and, like a scud missile, his fastball sailed over the catcher’s mitt and as someone yelled, “Look out!” I turned right into it. Strike, directly into my left eye. It hit me so hard that I spun headfirst into a post with a big eye bolt sticking out of it. Care to guess where the eye bolt hit me? Yup, right eye. Disoriented, I tried to get up and run, only to trip over all the equipment I’d just set up. Ok, stop laughing. I was miserable. They called my parents as the ambulance rushed me to the hospital. Raw steak face, both eyes swollen shut and my mom didn’t even recognize me. But after a month of looking like a Ricky the Raccoon, my eyes opened, and eyesight was completely restored. The doctor said I was lucky, almost blind at age 10. Like I said, vision is something we take for granted. What a gift to have sight, and what a tragedy to have it and not look for the God that gives it. My eyes met those of my wonderful wife, Shawn, over 20 years ago. I’ve seen the miracle of life and watched five perfectly healthy children open their eyes to this world. I’ve seen God transform a crowd into a church, and open individuals’ eyes to the grace of Jesus. […]

Links program breaks down barriers

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Challenged students get a little help from a friend by BETH ALTENA A program that pairs successful students and those that face learning differences is so successful that teacher Emily Molesta hopes it will become a model for other schools. “Links” at Appleview Elementary in Sparta is a new program that links children with learning challenges such as autism with their peers, who mentor them and often form special friendships. It is called Links because it links students together like the rings or loops forming a chain. Darby Andreini is one of the links who has several students within her mentorship, and the relationships with her new friends have become a staple of conversation at home. “Not a day goes by without a Ferd story or an Alex story,” said Katy Andreini of her daughter, a fourth-grade student at Appleview. Darby was interviewed by TV ? recently and will be featured in a news segment this week. “She has developed amazing leadership skills,” Katy said of her daughter. More importantly, the relationship between Darby and her links is one of mutual care. “She doesn’t look down on them or patronize them,” Katy said. Katy said her daughter can be frustrated when others assume her role with her links is to discipline or boss them around. “They mentor their link by helping them with their school work or making sure no one is picking on them on the playground,” she described. She gave the example of offering a special toy or incentive to complete tasks. “One of her links loves Thomas the Train, so she found one and said, ‘Do you like this Thomas? If you fill out your planner every day this week, it’s yours,’” Katy described as an example of how Darby encourages her links. The relationships that have become apparent between the 50 or so students who are involved in Links are a secondary result of the program, first developed by Grand Valley State University. The main goal of the peer support program originated as a way for children in the autism spectrum of learning challenges to be more successful at school. Integrating students with developmental disadvantages is a concept that is coming into its own, and Molesta believes other schools can look […]

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